Valikhan Shaikenov



  • — Complex transnational disputes
  • — International commercial and investment arbitration
  • — Litigation

Total experience

19 years


Russian / English

About partner

Valikhan Shaikenov brings 19 years of expertise to the field, specializing in both domestic and international dispute resolution.


He has managed intricate transnational disputes, requiring substantial evidence handling, and has served as a legal expert in foreign court proceedings as well as in commercial and investment arbitration contexts.


Valikhan has represented clients and assisted them in other forms in international arbitrations under the auspices of various arbitration institutions, including the SCC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, GAFTA, AIFC, and CIETAC, in addition to several Kazakhstan arbitration institutes. His appointments as arbitrator have spanned major arbitration rules such as the LCIA, SCC, and UNCITRAL, covering arbitration proceedings seated in London, Washington, D.C., Geneva, Stockholm, and Astana. These cases have involved a range of governing laws, including Swiss, English, New York, and Kazakh laws.


Valikhan’s professional experience extends beyond transactional work to include specialised expertise in sectors such as construction, focusing on FIDIC contracts; international supply of goods, incorporating maritime shipping; energy projects; oil and gas; shareholder disputes; banks’ debt restructuring; professional negligence; derivative transactions; insolvency and rehabilitation; tax litigation; and sovereign immunity. 


He serves as a delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, having been appointed by ICC Ukraine. His recognition in the field is substantial; he is highlighted as a Thought Leader in the 2024 Who’s Who Legal report for Germany, where he is listed among the top 25 arbitration practitioners based in Germany and 433 lawyers worldwide, including 28 barristers. Furthermore, Valikhan has earned individual recognitions from prominent legal directories such as Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asialaw Profiles,  IFLR, the Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist: CIS 2020.



Adilet Higher Law School – Academy of Jurisprudence, Kazakhstan, LLB in Jurisprudence, summa cum laude

Georgetown University, USA, LLM (US State Department Full Scholarship)

Researcher, Law Library of Congress, USA

Researcher, International Law Institute “ILI,” USA

Internship, WilmerHale, International Arbitration Group, England

Researcher (on international arbitration), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Professional associations

Kazakhstan Bar Association, Co-Chair of KazBar Arbitration and Litigation Committee

Foreign Registered Lawyer at the Superior Court of Berlin, Germany

Legal Adviser
ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, Delegate (appointed by ICC Ukraine)

Legal Adviser
ICC Ukraine National Committee, Foreign Member

Projects experience All employee

Served as a claimant-appointed expert in Rosdale Pte Limited v Degevol UK Limited (Comm), focusing on the recovery of misappropriated Kazakh mining assets by former directors. The case settled shortly after the submission of the expert witness statement.

Advised VakifBank on complex cross-border restructuring in JSC BTA Bank v Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası [2018], focusing on legal impacts in the UK, Türkiye, and Kazakhstan, and the modification of contracts across jurisdictions. The guidance, covering private international law and restructuring under Kazakh law, helped challenge English court jurisdiction, resulting in a favorable High Court judgment for the client.

Served as a defendant-appointed expert in Anara Esim Frank vs. Robert Harrison Frank, 430th District Court, Hidalgo County, Texas (Case No. C-2416-13-J), focusing on complex Kazakh family and inheritance laws, including choice-of-law issues. The dispute was settled following the expert opinion submission.

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